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Photos of the Border

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I can’t recall if I have posted this link before or not (so apologies if this is a rerun) but it is worth  look (if anything there are some stunning photos).  Via The Atlantic: On the Border.

Speaking of Visa Over-stayers

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Check out the top three:  Undocumented before they were celebrities.

Ted Cruz Wants Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary

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  The junior Senator from Texas thinks he knows who Obama should pick for Secretary of Defense: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a person in mind to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Joe Lieberman. Cruz floated the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option to succeed Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday. […]

Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that Latino voters overwhelmingly support the President’s executive action on immigration: Latino voters have Obama’s back again. That’s according to a new poll by Latino Decisions, for Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, the first of Latino voters since Obama announced sweeping executive actions, given to BuzzFeed News ahead of […]

Easier Voting and Turnout

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Via TPM: Why Voter Turnout In Oregon Is Incredibly High Average voter turnout across the country was horrible during this year’s midterms: about a third of those eligible to cast ballots did so [...] But turnout surpassed 50 percent in a handful of states: Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon. During each election over […]

University of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities For Nanosecond In Wake of Rape Scandal

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UVA president Teresa Sullivan has suspended fraternities for a few days in the wake of a major sexual assault scandal. School will be out of session most of the suspension. Rolling Stone (“UVA Suspends Fraternities Following Rolling Stone Campus Rape Investigation“): Following Rolling Stone publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s harrowing report “A Rape on Campus,” which detailed […]

Signifying Nothing

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What have our efforts to improve the Afghan economy accomplished?

How a Bill Becomes an Executive Order

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The SNL cold open updates a Schoolhouse Rock classic

1980: Bush and Reagan on Mexican Immigration

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This is interesting, if anything, because it rather clearly illustrates a) the Reagan many worship today is not the Reagan that actually existed, and b) it helps underscore how far right the GOP has gone on this issue. (Source:  Hit and Run).      

The Richest Members Of Congress By State

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Vox is out with an interesting map of the richest Member of Congress in each state based on data collected by the people at Roll Call: (click to enlarge) As you’d expect, the list is dominated by Senators, but there are also quite a few members of the House on the list as well. Draw your […]

Spread Of Ebola In Liberia Appears To Be Slowing

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There appears to be some good news on one of the main fronts in the fight against Ebola: WASHINGTON — The international response to West Africa’s Ebolaepidemic, coupled with more effective action by local communities, has stopped the exponential spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries, Liberia, the director of the Centers […]

Report: Obama To Announce Immigration Executive Order On Friday UPDATE: Speech To The Nation Thursday Night

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CNBC’s John Harwood is reporting that the President is expected to announce the details of his much talked about executive action on immigration in a speech in Las Vegas on Friday: President Barack Obama plans to announce an executive order in Las Vegas on Friday to address immigration reform, CNBC has confirmed. Another source familiar […]

Polygraph Critic Charged with Training People to Thwart Polygraphs

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A 69-year-old former polygraph examiner for the Oklahoma City police department has been indicted for coaching people to thwart the machines.

In A Victory For “Traditional Marriage,” Mass Murderer Charles Manson To Marry 26 Year Old Woman

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Charles Manson may be serving the rest of his life in prison, but he’s apparently not going to be alone: Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him. Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she loves […]

N.F.L. Suspends Adrian Peterson For Remainder Of Season

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Despite entering into a plea deal on the child abuse charges that had been entered against him that includes no admission that there was abuse involved, and the intervention of the N.F.L. Players Association, the National Football League has announced that Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson will remain suspended for the remainder of the season, […]

Early Elections Called in Japan

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Via the BBC:  Japan PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election in December Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an early election, two years ahead of schedule. At a news briefing, he said he would dissolve parliament later this week and was also delaying a planned but unpopular increase in sales tax. Mr Abe was […]

Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency In Anticipation Of Grand Jury Decision In Michael Brown Shooting

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

In what seems like a sign that an announcement is imminent, in terms of days at least if not sooner, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a State Of Emergency in the Ferguson, Missouri area in anticipation of the announcement of a Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) […]

Obama And McConnell Hold A Bourbon Summit

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This weekend’s cold open to Saturday Night Live pondered what an actual Bourbon Summit between President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might look like:

Republican Congress May Not Act To Block Marijuana Legalization In Washington, D.C.

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Somewhat missed in Election Day’s Republican landslide was the fact that a referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes had passed overwhelmingly in Washington, D.C. In the wake of that victory, though, was the question of whether or not the newly Republican Congress would try to block implementation of the measure under their power to […]

Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Implicated In Plot To Kill Robert Mugabe

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The Vice-President of Zimbabwe has been implicated in a plot to kill Robert Mugabe, the authoritarian ruler of that nation since the minority white government of what used to be Rhodesia gave up power: The deputy president of Zimbabwe has been linked to a plot to assassinate the country’s premier Robert Mugabe, according to a […]

Glen A. Larson, Creator Of Battlestar Galactica, Magnum P.I.,, Knight Rider Dies At 77

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Glen A. Larson, a writer-producer who was behind some of the biggest television hits of the 1970s and 80s, has died at the age of 77: Glen A. Larson, the writer-producer behind such indelible TV dramas as “Battlestar Galactica,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Knight Rider” and “Quincy M.E.,” has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 77. […]

Many Potential Allies In The Fight Against ISIS Have Already Been Lost

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As many observers have pointed out, one of the keys to defeating ISIS on the ground, especially in Iraq, involves enlisting the support of Sunni tribes that have been alienated by the Iraqi Government. Toward that end, the United States and other powers spent the better part of the summer working on convincing Iraqi political […]

Oil Prices to Continue to Fall

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Via the BBC:  Oil prices likely to fall further, says IEA The IEA, a consultancy to 29 countries, said weak demand and the US shale gas boom meant crude’s recent fall below $80 a barrel was not over. On Friday, Brent crude, one of the major price benchmarks, traded at $78.13 a barrel, near a […]

Kids These Days!

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“I’m just staying home tonight, getting lost in that hopeless little screen” —Leonard Cohen The latest example of “woe unto this generation” is from Nate Hanson at HuffPo:  The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside This brings me to the startling truth: If we allow the current generation to be satisfied thinking within a […]

Italian Seismologists Cleared Of Manslaughter Charges Related To 2009 Earthquake

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In the wake of a 2009 earthquake that registered 6.3 on the Richter scale and resulted in death of some 300 people in the town of L’Aquila, a group of Italian seismologists were charged with, and later convicted of, manslaughter for allegedly failing to effectively warn the community of the danger of a coming quake. As I […]

Rob Portman For President?

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With the midterm elections over and 2015 around the corner, the time for people who are thinking about running for President in 2016 has begun, and one name that seems to be entering the conversation is Ohio Senator Rob Portman: Rob Portman is mapping out a possible presidential run, creating a narrative, talking to fundraisers […]

Republican Sean Parnell Loses Alaska Governor’s Race To Independent Bill Walker

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Sean Parnell, who had succeeded to the Governorship of Alaska when Sarah Palin resigned in 2009 and was elected in his own right in 2010, has been defeated for re-election by a fusion ticket led by Independent Bill Walker: Independent Bill Walker has won the Alaska governor’s race, defeating incumbent Republican Sean Parnell, according to […]

Senator Mark Kirk Says He’s Not Retiring In 2016

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Republicans received some potentially good news today when Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois brushed aside rumors that he might retire at the end of his current term: Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., has a message for anyone who doubts his will or appetite for a second term. “No frickin’ way am I retiring,” he told […]

John McCain Hinting He Will Run For Re-Election In 2016

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Setting aside long standing speculation of a retirement after more than 30 years in office between the House and the Senate, John McCain is hinting strongly that he will run for re-election in 2016: John McCain sure sounds like he’s running for reelection. The five-term Arizona senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee launched a new […]

You Just Need To Make Them An Offer They Can’t Refuse

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If you have the right amount of money or you know the right guy,  you could own the house that was used for the exterior shots of Don Vito Corleone’s house in The Godfather: STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The buyer who pays the $2.89 million price tag for the sprawling mansion at 110 Longfellow Ave. on […]

McConnell, Rest Of GOP Senate Leadership, Re-Elected Unanimously

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For all of the controversy that many in the media tried to drum up during the General Election about Republican candidates for the Senate who wouldn’t necessarily commit to supporting Mitch McConnell to lead the Senate Republican Caucus, and thus become Senate Majority Leader in January, he ended up being re-elected unanimously: Senate Republicans have […]

Colorado Legislators Elected In Anti-Gun Control Recall Elections Defeated In Re-Election Bids

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Two Colorado state legislators who were voted into office just over two years ago as part of recall elections directed against two of the people who were behind the gun control laws that Colorado enacted in the wake of the Sandy Hook and Aurora shootings ended up being defeated last Tuesday: DENVER — After two […]

ESA’s Rosetta Mission Set To Land On Comet This Morning

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If everything goes according to plan, a lander roughly the size of a household washing machine will be touching down on a comet hurtling through space: London (CNN) — The Rosetta mission to land a probe on Comet 67P is past the point of no return, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Wednesday. “There […]

AP Calls Alaska Senate Race For Republican Dan Sullivan, An Eighth GOP Pickup

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A week after Election Day, the Associated Press has called the Alaska Senate race for Republican Dan Sullivan, representing another Republican pickup assuming that the result holds through the official count: JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, defeating incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes […]

Confirmation Of New Attorney General Likely To Be Delayed Until 2015

President Obama Announces Loretta Lynch As His Nominee For Attorney General

Democrats are telling The Hill that confirmation of President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General will likely wait until the new Congress convenes in January: President Obama will have to get his nominee for attorney general past a Republican-controlled Senate, Democratic and Republican aides say. A packed schedule after the election is almost […]

The 11th Hour, Of The 11th Day, Of The 11th Month

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IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In […]

APEC’s Silly Shirt Day, The Bizarre Tradition That Refuses To Die

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Yesterday’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting was marked by the return of odd tradition that has seemed to define these international conferences, a day that can only be called Silly Shirt Day: Every year at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting, leaders from 21 Pacific Rim member states meet to discuss the big issues. This year, for […]

New York City Ebola Patient Dr. Craig Spencer To Be Released From Hospital

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Craig Spencer, the New York City physician who was diagnosed with Ebola roughly a week after returning from a stint volunteering for Doctors Without Borders in west Africa, will be released from the hospital tomorrow, become the latest American Ebola patient to be cured of the disease: Craig Spencer, the New York City doctor who […]

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 50 At Nigerian School

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A suicide bomber has killed at least 50 at a Nigerian school: A suicide bomber dressed as a student infiltrated the morning assembly at a high school in northern Nigeria on Monday and detonated explosives in a backpack, killing almost 50 students and teachers, according to news reports. Although there was no immediate claim of […]

NFL Players Association Wants Adrian Peterson Reinstated Immediately

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Just days after entering a plea to reduced offenses related to the felony child abuse charges that were made against him earlier this season, charges which led to his indefinite suspension from the NFL, the NFL Player’s union says that Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson should be reinstated immediately: The NFL Players Association sent […]

More Adventures With Cable News Chyrons

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CNN made an unfortunate error while reporting on the ongoing controversy regarding a former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden: CNN earned widespread mockery Friday night when it apparently ran a headline referring to a Navy SEAL killing “Obama” instead of “Osama.” “SEAL WHO CLAIMS HE KILLED […]

Obama To Nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

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Later today, President Obama will nominate Loretta Lynch, who has served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York under two Presidents, as the next Attorney General of the United States: WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate Loretta E. Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, to be the next attorney general, […]

Ed Gillespie Concedes Virginia Senate Race, Congratulates Mark Warner

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Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie has conceded the US Senate race to Democratic incumbent Mark Warner, despite being eligible for a recount. CNN (“Ed Gillespie concedes Virginia Senate race“): Republican Ed Gillespie conceded the Virginia Senate race Friday to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Gillespie said at a Friday afternoon news conference that he had called […]

Should Obama Have Acted on Immigration Before the Midterms?

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Dana Milbank (“Obama’s big immigration mistake”) thinks so.

Democrats Already Abandoning Mary Landrieu?

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The party’s loss of Senate control has basically sealed Landrieu’s fate.

Ben Carson Apparently Running For President. Because Why The Hell Not?

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Ben Carson, a Johns Hopkins University pediatric neurosurgeon who has become something of a hero among the conservative base of the Republican Party for tough, quite often bizarre, comments about President Obama over the past several years, has become the first person to begin what is quite obviously the process of entering the 2016 Presidential race: Yes, […]

Star Wars Episode VII Gets A Title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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The next installment in the Star Wars saga officially has a title: “Star Wars 7″ has a title: “The Force Awakens.” The latest chapter in the sprawling saga concluded principal photography recently, and with that finish came a tweet, posted Thursday morning, with the (presumably official) title. (…) Meanwhile, the cast members recently gathered for […]

America’s Least Latino State Elected Its First Latino Congressman

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West Virginia is, demographically speaking, the least Latino state in the Union, but on Tuesday it elected its first Latino Member of Congress: The state with the smallest share of Latinos in the nation has elected its first Latino congressional representative, Alex Mooney. Mooney, a conservative Republican, ran against Nick Casey, a former chairman of […]

Alaska Television Station Aired More Than 16,000 Political Ads In 2014

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A television station in Alaska has the distinction of having aired an amazing number of ads this election season: KTUU, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska, wins the award for most Senate ads aired in the 2014 election cycle. The station played 13,200 Senate ads in 2014 through Oct. 27, according to data analysis from […]

18 Year-Old College Freshman Wins Election To West Virginia State Legislature

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An eighteen year old college freshman won election to the West Virginia State Legislature on Tuesday: A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday. Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s […]

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